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Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle, on yakitori, Yelp and stinky tofu

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This is part one of my interview with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle; part two of our chat will run tomorrow.

At 4:45 on a Saturday afternoon, a swarm of restless ramen geeks congregates around the door of Uncle, Tommy Lee's unassuming noodle bar in LoHi. By 5:15, fifteen minutes after the staff has turned the key to welcome the hive inside, the dining room is at a full buzz. The success of Uncle, which nabbed Westword's Best New Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2013, still seems a little unsettling to Lee, who opened Uncle last August. "I'm a cook, not a chef, and I really have absolutely no idea what I'm doing," he announces while maneuvering his way through the open kitchen to check on his noodles and a huge stock pot boiling with whole chickens. Denver's food cognoscenti, however, appear to disagree with Lee's assessment of his skills.

See also: - Tommy Lee's Highland noodle shop will bowl you over - Exclusive first look: Uncle opens this week in Lower Highland - Denver's ten best new restaurants of 2012

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Lori Midson
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